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Dr. Sharon Williams

Dr. Sharon Williams

Associate Dean, Professor

Dr. Sharon E. Williams is a Professor, and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work. She completed undergraduate studies at Albany State University, the Master of Social Work degree at Delaware State University, the Doctor of Philosophy degree at Florida State University, and the Post Doctorate at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

Dr. Williams' expertise is in the areas of program development, administration and evaluation, child welfare, and marriage and family therapy. She is a licensed master social worker, and a seasoned practitioner. She has served as a commissioner, and a certified site visitor with the Council on Social Work Education. Her academic administrative experience includes, Bachelor of Social Work Program Director and Departmental Chairperson at Florida A&M University, clinical social work concentration coordinator at Kennesaw State University, and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at Grambling State University.

Dr. Williams' scholarship is in the areas of child welfare, family violence, and diversity in administration, all of which are reflected in her publications and presentations. A previous presentation "Children of Violence and the Universality of Arrested Development: The Psychological, Physiological, Sociological, and Spiritual Death of our Children Worldwide" was presented at the Oxford Round Table Conference "Children in Harms Way: Besieged by Violence, Sex and Substance Abuse, Lincoln College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. She has been honored several times as "Teacher of the Year" as well as Advisor and Leader of the Year. 

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • PhD in Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MSW, Delaware State University, Dover, DE
  • BA in Modern Languages, Albany State University, Albany, GA 

Research Interests

Child Welfare, Family Violence, and Diversity in Administration

Publications

Book Chapter and Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

  • Williams, S. E. (2018).  Organizational culture, supervision and retention of public child welfare workers, Journal of Social Work and Sociology, Vol. 6 No. 2.
  • Williams, S. E., Nichols, Q. L., and Williams, N. (October, 2013).  Public child welfare workers' perception of efficacy relative to multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills, Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (10), 17893-1793.
  • Williams, S. E., Nichols, Q. L., Kirk, A. and Wilson, T. (January, 2011).  A recent look at the factors influencing workforce retention of public child welfare workers, Children and Youth Services Review(UCLA), 33 (1), 157-160.
  • Williams, S. and Kirk, A. (March, 2010).  Diversity as a strategy for recruitment and retention of faculty of color in majority universities, Journal of Multiculturalism in Education.
  • Williams, S. and Kirk, A. (2008).  Recruitment, retention, and promotion of minority faculty in predominant universities, The Chairperson, 19 (2).
  • Brown, E.J. and Williams, S.E. (2005).  Southern rural African American faith communities' role in  STI/HIV prevention within two counties:  An exploration. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social  Services, 4(3), 47 -62.
  • Williams, S.E. (2003).  HIV-Positive African-American women:  Family, children and relationships. In Iris D. Gilbert and E. Wright (eds.). African-American Women and HIV and AIDS: Critical  Responses. Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishers.
  • Williams, S.E. (2000). Domestic violence and underserved populations, Published in the Conference Proceedings of The Black Family Summit, Myrtle Beach, SC   
  • Williams, S.E. (2000).  Domestic violence prevention for African-American women living in rural communities, Research Perspectives on African-Americans, 6, (3), 79-85.
  • Williams, S.E. and Jackson, W.F. (1999).  A follow up study of program participants in the FAMU/HRS Child Welfare Partnership Project, Partnerships for Child Welfare, 6, (2), 7 & 14.
  • Williams, S.E. and Fingerwright, D. (1992).  Empowerment:  The strengths of black families revisited.    Journal of Multi-Cultural Social Work, 2, (4), 23-36.  

 Invitation Only Refereed Proceedings Publications:

  • Williams, S. (2012).  Multicultural practice as a correlate of retention of public child welfare workers,  Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC. 
  • Williams, S. E. (2009).  Children of violence and the universality of arrested development:  The psychological, physiological, sociological, and spiritual death of our children worldwide. Presented at the Oxford Round Table Conference "Children in Harms Way: Besieged by Violence, Sex and Substance Abuse, Lincoln College, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
  • Williams, S. E. and Nichols, Q. (2008).  Correlates of workforce retention for public child welfare workers in the state of Georgia. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Williams, S.E. and Jackson, W.F. (2000). Domestic violence prevention, education and intervention in  rural and poor communities, Published in the proceedings of the National Black Family Summit  Annual Meeting, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Williams, S.E. and LeMaster, K. (1997, March) HIV/.AIDS and Women: Glitter or Gloom, Published in the proceedings of the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Williams, S.E. (1993). A socio-cultural model of social work practice with African American couples.  National Association of Social Workers, Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Williams, S.E. (1991). Building strengths: Strategies for empowering African American families.  Published in the proceedings of The Black Family Summit, University of South Carolina,  Columbia, SC.  
Presentations
  • 10/2015 National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter, Presentation on Factors Associated with Retention of Public Child Welfare Workers. 
  • 03/2014 Cross Cultural Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, Presentation on Multiculturalism and Public Child Welfare Workers.
  • 11/2011 Annual Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Presentation on Retention of Public Child Welfare Workers.
  • 02/2010 Annual Social Work Symposium, Grambling State University, Ruston, LA "Graduate Social Work Exam Preparation".
  • 02/2002 Presentation "Domestic Violence and Religion in Primary Prevention", Gulf Port/Biloxi Annual Social Work Conference, Biloxi, MS.
  • 12/2001 Conference Coordinator, Domestic Violence and Faith Based Communities, A Collaboration between, FAMU, the Beulah Hinton Missionary Society of Flipper Chapel AME Church, and the Southside Community.
  • 03/2001 Conference Coordinator, "Striking Out Against Domestic Violence". Conference sponsored by the FAMU, Department of Social Work, Domestic Violence Intern Training Project.
  • 02/2001 Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Continuing Collaborations:  Working with children from violent homes.  Presentation "Domestic Violence and Parenting".
  • 03/2000 The Black Family Summit, Presentation "Domestic Violence and Under-Served Populations", Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • 03/1997 Presentation, Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting "Women and HIV/AIDS:  Glitter or Gloom", Chicago, IL.
  • 11/1993 NASW, Presentation: Social Work Practice with African American Couples: A Socio-Cultural Perspective, Orlando, FL.
  • 03/1993 Annual Meeting: Association of Gerontology and Human Development in HBCUs. Presentation: SSI Outreach Project Outcome Data, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 10/1991 Catholic Charities, Dover, DE, Workshop: "Human Diversity in Service Delivery Systems".
  • 03/1991 The Black Family Summit Forum, University of South Carolina Presentation: "Disadvantaged Populations: An Eco-system Perspective"  
Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Black Social Workers
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • Council on Social Work Education, Certified Site Visitor and Commissioner  
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Grants
  • 2009 PI, HBCU Mini-Grant in Collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine, Substance Abuse Internships, 10,000.00.
  • 2001 - 2002  Project Evaluator, FAMU College Advocacy Initiative to Stop Smoking on College Campuses, $32, 000 .
  • 1999 - 2002  Principal Investigator, Domestic Violence Education, Intervention and Prevention in Rural and Under-served Areas: Training Future Social Workers in a Culturally and Ethnic Sensitive Empowerment Model of Practice" funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $300,000, funded 1999-2002.
  • 1998 - 1999  Research Methodologist, "Recycled Content Procurement Study", State of Florida, Bureau of Standards and Program Management, Materials Research Section, $40,000.
  • 1992 - 1995  Principal Investigator and Coordinator, Reprofessionalization Project, A Collaboration between the  University System, the State of Florida, Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Title IVE Program, and the Department of Social Work, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, funded $214,000.
  • 08/1994 - 08/1995 Principal Investigator, Funded pilot study to develop and standardize a culturally sensitive index of marital success for African American Couples, funded $6,000.
  • 1992 - 1993  Project Evaluator, Social Security Administration Outreach Project, Florida A&M University, funded $210,000.                                             
  • 11/1992 Dissertation, "The social construction of marriage for successful African American couples: The sociological, psychological and socio-cultural attributes of their relationships", funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education, Minority Fellowship Program, $5,000.  
Honors and Awards
  • 2015 Leadership Award, Fayetteville State University, Department of Social Work
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year, Fayetteville State University, Department of Social Work
  • 2009 Teacher of the Year, Kennesaw State University, Department of Social Work and Human Services
  • 2008 Advisor of the Year, Kennesaw State University, Department of Social Work and Human Services
  • 2001 Teacher of the Year Award, University Wide, Florida A&M University
  • 1997 Fellow, McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship The Florida Education Fund - Tampa, FL
  • 1996 Distinguished Scholar in Social Work Albany State University - Albany, GA
  • Fall 1993 Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Summer 1993 Ronald E. McNair Summer Institute for Sciences and Engineering Programs. Selected to teach Research Methods and Statistics
  • 1987 - 1988  Florida State University, Special Services Advisory Committee
  • 1985 - 1986  Vice President - Association of Student Social Workers, MSW Program, Delaware State University
  • 1985 Special Recognition by Senator Joe Frank Biden, State of Delaware, for research in the area of intra-familial sexual abuse of males.
  • 1973 Graduated Cum Laude, Albany State University